Sep 11, 2010 1:00pm PDT
to serve with him on the board. he was and is always thoroughly prepared for every case that came before us, usually come in with extensive notes on the relevant issues at hand. no matter what the issue -- to back a premise coventry permits, neighborhood disputes, solar panel installations, two major city projects, might devoted equal time to learning the issues and fairly deciding the matter. he was always thoughtful in his questions of the party, focusing on the essential facts necessary for the board to make its decision. he pushed hard thinking. he made as to ensure that all the different aspects of the case were brought before us had always pushed the city and city departments in ensuring we have the necessary information before us. although there were many decisions on which we did not agree, i always found his decisions to be reasoned, there, and practical. importantly, mike always gave extensive reasons to the particular decision at hand. i cannot underscore this enough. parties come before the board of appeals when they are seeking resolutions. they want a fresh set of eyes, and mi
Sep 4, 2010 1:00pm PDT
. colleagues, do we have any questions? i do have just a couple of questions. i think for so many of us in this city, what happens at the mta is really critical, and probably, this is as important an appointment as they come. i am very happy to see that there was a public process that was followed in that the mayor considered a number of individuals, so i'm wondering if you could briefly speak to what you believe are the key issues facing the mta. as you know, there have been a number of efforts and one that will be on the ballot in november to reform the mta, and i'm wondering in your view with the key issues or critical issues facing that issue are? >> i think the main key issue is that the budget and revenue, i know that everyone is focused on restoring the service cuts, and a lot of those cuts have been restored. i think the restoration of the service cuts is happening in a strategic manner, and i think that the public needs to know that we do take the transportation seriously and that the board of supervisors, the mayor's office, everyone is focused on bringing the service up to a
Sep 11, 2010 1:30pm PDT
mayor newsom tells us to do. the mayor and i have agreed on very few issues when it comes to muni or the riders of muni. i'm a person with disability. i ride wheelchair. i'm out there all shifts. i'm out there not just in the daytime. i'm out there at night and out there doing my job. i'm the only full-time director that they have. i know what's out there. i know from a rider perspective that we look out for people who work at night who are gone due to budgetary concerns. i want to put those back in place. and hopefully with the full board as soon as possible. i'm looking forward to working with cheryl. believe me we will get the job done. we have to be independent in our thinking. we have to be looking out for the citizens of san francisco. mainly i want to say this, we want to make sure that each and every one of us is making sure that everybody who pays their $2 to ride muni is getting $2 worth of rides. because right now i don't believe they are. the disabled -- i agree with the speaker that said we are not paying attention enough to youth because the youth are the lifeblood o
Sep 4, 2010 1:30pm PDT
. i'm sure that miss brinkman and i will take heed. we have to lower costs for use. i don't think the players are right in those three categories. i will fight and i'll keep fighting until we can get that right. i'm hoping that this committee will report miss brinkman's confirmation out of committee. supervisor campos: thank you very much, commissioner. thank you for being here and thank you for your words. is there any other member of the public who would like to speak? if so, please come forward. >> my name is nick, i have been a resident of the commission for 30 years. i have some serious concerns about sunday streets. i'm an automobile owner. i park my automobile on the street. in june, for example, after sunday streets, i took some photographs which i would be glad to share with you, around 11:00 on the sunday of the sunday streets. the streets there were more employees of the city of san francisco there than there were public, nonemployees. i think at some point you are going to have to re-examine the impact of this program. i'm very concerned that it's part of mayor newsom'